With temperatures regularly reaching 115 degrees, the Hamton Inn & Suites in Bakersfield faces steep cooling costs. Because hotels must maintain comfortable temperatures for their guests at all times, they can be some of the largest consumers of natural resources in hot communities like Bakersfield.
The Hampton Inn had expressed concerns about installing a rooftop array that would require closing the top floor of rooms and forfeiting revenue. As a result, REC Solar worked with The Hampton Inn to design a solar carport that did not require disruption to existing operations. The carport not only generates clean electricity but will also provide much-needed shade for 30 parked cars – cooling cars by 20°. In addition to the solar array, Hampton Inn installed two electric vehicle charging stations, with room for up to eight stations.
Blackstone purchased the hotel property in 2013 and included the cost of the solar installation, along with other energy efficiency upgrades, with its initial financing of the purchase. By including the PV project into the original purchase, Blackstone was able to take advantage of the 30% Investment Tax Credit as well as other tax benefits.
The completion of both the solar array and the EV charging stations was marked by a ribbon-cutting ceremony on July 30, 2014. Over the lifetime of the system, it will offset over 44% of their annual electricity costs.
“REC Solar has done a phenomenal job, from start to finish. We’ve found them at the tail end of our search for companies that would be able to handle a project of this size… I could not be happier with REC’s performance to date.”
Braxton Myers, Blackstone Hospitality Group, Inc